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The Software Conspiracy: Why Software Companies Put Out Faulty Products, How They Can Hurt You, and What You Can Do About It

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    Interesting ideas, but not in best form...

    This book has quite a bit to offer to the computer-savvy reader who is interested in the theory of software development. It also would appeal to average computers users who are fed up with software defects and want to know more about them. Not much for anyone else. That said, let's move on... The meat of this book is an argument that software companies have a favorable deal (based on legal situations, social conditions, state of the industry, etc) compared with other industries, and that the myriad defects (cutely named 'bugs') present in nearly every piece of consumer software is unacceptable. This was an idea I had not thought of before reading this book, so it certainly piqued my interest. Unfortunately, the book is layed out as one might write an opinion-based essay for a school assignment--it seems that not much attention was paid to the quality of the writing. Things that one would expect to be in the back are in the front, phrases are repeated verbatim several times even in the same section, and there are even some errors in convention that are inexcusable. In short, it's a good book. The quality of the idea is top-notch, but unfortunately, the writing itself wasn't 'tested' rigorously enough (eh, Minasi?). The book is short enough that the few errors there are don't effect the comprehension much, and all in all the book is definately worth checking out from the library.

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